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Need Statements - RFP 2022 (FY2024)

The Need Statements are presented on this page in three ways: (1) sorted below by Research Categories; (2) to the right in a single downloadable PDF with links to information; and (3) to the right in a list in order of Need Statement number. This RFP is only available to qualified universities (see more information.) Please note that an active master contract must be in place as of December 1, 2022 to be selected.

Preliminary literature searches, listed with the projects below, were conducted by the MnDOT Library for the purposes of developing research need statements and doing due-diligence to avoid duplication of research. They are not a comprehensive literature search for the development of the project proposal.

Bridges and Structures


NS668
Develop UHPC Mix and Specifications for Precast Members
Project Champions: Arielle Ehrlich, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS669
Understanding Causes of Concrete Culvert Pipe Joint Separation
Project Champions: Erik Brenna, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS670: Supplemental Information
Understanding Driving Causes of Bridge Replacement
Project Champions: David Hedeen, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS671
Correlation Between Deck Patching Levels and Chloride Levels
Project Champions: Eli Ramirez, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS672
Ice Loading on Piers for Minnesota’s Bridges
Project Champions: Daniel Freiburger, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS673
Assessing the Need for Floodplain Culverts Based on Geomorphology
Project Champions: Solomon Woldeamlak, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS674
Deck Reinforcement Detailing and Concrete Mix Additives to Reduce Bridge Deck Cracking
Project Champions: Paul Gronvall, MnDOT Bridge
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Environmental


NS675
Evaluation of Conditions that Cause Negative Environmental Impacts When Using Recycled Concrete Aggregate
Project Champion: Laura Lyle, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS676
Biochar Specification Criteria, Design and Construction Implementation as Soil Amendment for Slopes, Conveyances and Stormwater Treatment Systems
Project Champion: Dwayne Stenlund, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS690
Winter Maintenance versus Environmental Concerns
Project Champion: Ryan Thilges, Blue Earth County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Maintenance Operations


NS677
Human-Centered Testing of Rear-Facing Display to Reduce Vehicle Collisions with Snow Plows
Project Champion: Rodney Starkey, MnDOT District 4
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS678
Development and Systems-Integration of Low-Cost Sensors to Track Survivability of Road Signs
Project Champion: Sheila Johnson, Metro Maintenance
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS691
Fleet – Life Cycle
Project Champion: Ryan Thilges, Blue Earth County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Materials and Construction


NS679
Novel ‘4-Phase Stabilizer Durability’ Screening of Stabilized Geomaterials
Project Champion: Raul Velasquez, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS680
Self-Healing, Easily Removable Pavement Marking Materials with Applications to Both Permanent and Temporary Markings
Project Champion: TBD, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search

NS688
Sawing and Sealing Joints in Bituminous Pavements to Control Cracking
Project Champion: Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS689
Use of Plastics in Road Materials (Paving)
Project Champion: Aaron Van Moer, Lyon County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS692
Mitigating Issues with Compaction
Project Champion: Ron Gregg, Fillmore County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS693
Effectiveness of Rubber-Tired Rollers
Project Champion: Layne Otteson, City of Big Lake
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS696
Pavement Design: Performance of Base versus Subbase
Project Champions: Bruce Hasbargen, Beltrami County and Raul Velasquez, MnDOT Materials & Road Research
Project Advisor: Marcus Bekele
Literature Search


Multimodal


NS681
Assessing the Deterioration of Pedestrian Assets
Project Champion: Kristie Billiar, MnDOT Central Office - Operations Division - ADA Unit
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS682
Delineating Separated Bicycle Lanes for Individuals with Visual Disabilities
Project Champion: Hannah Pritchard, MnDOT Central Office - Operations Division - ADA Unit
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Policy and Planning


NS683
School Times Impact on Students Walking or Biking to School: Safe Routes to School
Project Champions: David Cowan, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS695
Advancing Equity in Capital Investment Decision-Making
Project Champion: Dillon Dombrovski, City of Rochester
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search


Traffic and Safety


NS684
Improving Safety for People Walking and Biking at Roundabouts
Project Champion: Derek Leuer, MnDOT Metro Traffic
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS685
Assessment of Pedestrian and Driver Behavior at Temporary and Permanent Pedestrian Infrastructure Treatments
Project Champion: Derek Leuer, MnDOT Metro Traffic
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search - Available August 1, 2022

NS686
Enhanced Safety of Highway Construction Site using Low Cost, Wearable Senor Network
Project Champion: Derek Leuer, MnDOT Metro Traffic
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS687
Mitigating Community Harms of Dense Highway Infrastructure "Spaghetti Junctions"
Project Champion: Gloria Jeff
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search

NS694
Right Turn Lane Safety Improvements for Pedestrians
Project Champion: Joe Gustafson, Washington County
Project Advisor: Brent Rusco
Literature Search